Fans react after video of Indian skipper KL Rahul removing chewing gum before national anthem goes viral

A video of Indian skipper KL Rahul removing chewing gum before the national anthem went viral on Thursday. Photo credit: Screenshot

HIGHLIGHTS

  • KL Rahul leads the Indian team in Zimbabwe.
  • He picked up his first win as India’s ODI captain on Thursday.
  • A video of KL Rahul has gone viral in which he can be seen removing chewing gum from his mouth before the national anthem.
The first ODI of the three-match series between India and Zimbabwe took place in Harare on Thursday, August 18. In the absence of regular skipper Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul leads the team against the African country. KL was not initially selected to the team, but after passing his eleventh-hour fitness test, he was included in the team and was also made the captain.

In the first ODI, he picked up his first win as India’s ODI captain. He had previously captained India in three ODIs against South Africa earlier this year but suffered defeat in all three.

For India in the first ODI on Thursday, openers Shikhar Dhawan (81) and Shubman Gill (84) added 192 runs for the first wicket in 30.5 overs to take the team past the finishing line. KL Rahul didn’t get a chance to showcase his skills with the bat as India chased the 190 run target without dropping a single wicket.

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But even though he wasn’t there in the middle to earn applause for his show with the bat, KL still managed to steal the show for something he did on the field before the game started. .

As the teams lined up for the national anthems before the game started, Rahul took the gum out of his mouth as a sign of respect. Video of the incident was widely shared on social media.

Rahul was originally due to make his return for India against West Indies last month in a five-match T20I series but testing positive for COVID before leaving for the Caribbean islands quashed his plans. He is set to represent India at the upcoming T20 Asian Cup tournament and will most likely open the Men in Blue rounds alongside skipper Rohit Sharma.

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